|Call for Balance in Theory, Practice|
If university aspired to excel in engineering, science and technology, it had to invest considerably in research and innovation programmes, according to Ian Buhagiar, an engineering student.
The lack of practical instruction in university courses was strengthening the idea that university was simply churning out academics, he said during yesterday's graduation ceremony at the university's Sir Temi Zammit Hall.
Mr Buhagiar insisted that students were skilled in theory but equipped with little practical experience. He appealed for a balanced compromise between the two in the structure of university courses.
Despite the investment, a considerable number of laboratories were not properly equipped to fulfil required functions. It was not infrequent that students were taught on long-obsolete equipment and machinery, adding that overcrowding of students compounded the problem as there was a limit to how much new equipment could be shared.
The lack of professionals in IT, Mr Buhagiar said, was being "felt considerably," and with the demand for graduates in informatics growing, there was a need for quality assurance officers who could ensure independently that lecturers and curriculums were of the necessary quality.
Graduates in Bachelor of Engineering (Hons)
Sponsor: Prof. Robert Ghirlando
Roderick Gerald Abela, Maria Agius, Rudi Agius, Stephen Victor Attard, René Axisa, Neville Azzopardi, Warren Azzopardi, Mark Bezzina, Rodney Bonello, Nicholas Paul Borg, David Borg Bartolo, Alberta Bugeja, Michael Bugeja, Peter Paul Bugeja, Simon Bugeja, Ian Buhagiar, Franco Busuttil, Alastair Camilleri, Jan Camilleri, David Jerzy Cassar, Gilbert Cassar, Davide Catania, Marlon Chircop, Noel Ciantar, Kristian Cini, Gilbert Costa, Stefania Cristina, Joseph Cuschieri, Christopher Cutajar, Stephen Dalli, Clifford De Raffaele, Tristan Debono, Jason Debrincat, Terence Delia, Evan Joe Dimech, Brian Ellul, Maria Kathleen Ellul, Tyron John Ellul, Yanicka Fava, Mariella Fenech, Amanda Galea, Damien Gatt, Gareth Malcolm Gilson, Clinton Grech, Jurgen Grech, Nadia Grech, Charlon Grima, Christine Grima, James Grima, John Licari, Anthony Magro, Ian Mamo Portelli, Daniel Micallef (robing), Maria Rita Muscat, Janice Rapa, Mark Anthony Sammut, Christian Spiteri, Ian Spiteri, Monica Sultana, Renee` Maree Sultana, Joseph Swain, Clayton Tabone, David Oscar Vella, Donna Maria Vella, Di Wu, Duncan Zammit, Glenn Zammit and Johnny Zerafa.
Source: Times of Malta - 10/12/2008
|Last Updated on Friday, 12 December 2008 11:30|